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Puppy Potty Habits: Everything you need to know about puppy poop

If you have a new puppy, then one of the most important things you need to learn is how often your puppy should poop! Pooping habits in puppies can be difficult to figure out, however, you will find that the more you practice a bathroom routine with your new puppy the easier it will get for both you and your puppy.

Puppies will usually poop three to five times a day, but this can vary depending on their diet and age. Puppies will slowly increase the amount of time they are able to hold it between bowel movements as they get older and bigger. As a general rule, the younger your puppy, the more frequently it will need to poop.

In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about puppy potty habits. We will also provide tips for dealing with puppies who are not pooping regularly or who have diarrhea.

How often should a puppy poop?

Many people wonder how often their puppy should poop. Puppies will usually poop at least three to five times a day, but this can vary depending on their diet and age. In general, puppies should poop around the same time each day. Puppies are very small and so food can pass through them very quickly.

You should be taking your puppy out to poop soon after they eat in order to avoid accidents in the house. This consistency will also reinforce the training that you are giving your puppy. Taking your puppy out to use the bathroom soon after they eat can help them understand that where you are taking them is the location you want them to do their business.

Some puppies may poop more than five times a day. If you notice that your puppy is pooping more or less frequently than usual, it is best to consult your veterinarian.

How long after my puppy eats will it need to poop?

Puppies usually need to poop within an hour of eating. If your puppy has not pooped after an hour, you can give them a small amount of water to help them move their bowels. Water can help a puppy poop by softening their stool and making it easier to pass.

It is likely normal if your puppy eats and then poops quickly after, and it can also be normal if your puppy takes a longer time to poop. Some puppies may need to poop more or less frequently than others, so it is best to consult your veterinarian if you are concerned about your puppy’s bowel movements.

The time right after a puppy eats is a great time to go to the location where you want your puppy to poop. This is an important part of potty training for your new puppy. Spending the time after a meal in the location where you want your puppy to poop will encourage your puppy to go where you want it to. 

When should I start training my puppy to poop outside?

You can start potty training your dog as soon as it is old enough to understand basic commands. Most puppies are ready for potty training between the ages of eight and twelve weeks old. It is important to be patient with your puppy and take things slowly. If you rush the process, it can be confusing and frustrating for your puppy.

The best way to potty train a puppy is to use positive reinforcement. This means rewarding your puppy when they go in the right location. You can give them treats, pet them, or speak to them in a happy voice. Punishing your puppy will only make the process harder.

It is important to pay attention to the consistency of your puppy’s poop. You can tell a lot from poop about the health of your puppy.  Poop that is soft is normal in puppies however if it is too soft you will want to talk to a professional. If your puppy is having difficulty pooping or it’s poop is hard, you will also want to consult with your veterinarian. These may be signs that your puppy is not getting the nutrients that it needs to be healthy and happy. A good rule of thumb is that if you notice any changes in your puppy’s poop, it is best to consult your veterinarian.

What do I do if my puppy won’t poop?

If your puppy is not pooping regularly, you may want to consult your veterinarian. Puppies usually need to poop three to five times a day, but this can vary depending on their diet and age.

There are many things that can cause a puppy not to poop. Some of the more common reasons are:

Not getting enough water

Lack of water can prevent puppies from pooping because it will make their stool harder to pass. Puppies need plenty of water to help them stay hydrated and to keep their bowels moving. If a puppy does not have access to water, they may become constipated and have difficulty pooping.

If you notice that your puppy is not drinking enough water, make sure that they have access to fresh, clean water at all times. You may also want to add some wet food to their diet to help increase their water intake.

A change in diet

Puppies need a high-quality diet that is rich in nutrients and calories. A sudden change in diet can cause puppies to have diarrhea or constipation. If you are changing your puppy’s food, do it gradually over the course of a week to give their digestive system time to adjust.

Eating too much or too little

Puppies need to eat the right amount of food to maintain a healthy weight. Eating too much food can lead to obesity, which can be difficult for a puppy’s developing body. On the other hand, not eating enough food can cause a puppy to become malnourished. If you are concerned about your puppy’s weight gain or weight loss, consult your veterinarian.


Puppies can experience stress from many different things including a new environment, changes in routine, or lack of socialization. Stress can cause puppies to have diarrhea or constipation. If you notice that your puppy is not pooping regularly, try to identify any potential sources of stress in their life and remove them if possible.

Infection or parasites

Infection and parasites can cause constipation in puppies. Infections can cause inflammation and irritation in the intestines, which can lead to constipation. Parasites can also cause inflammation and blockages in the intestines, leading to difficulty passing stools. If your puppy is experiencing constipation, it is important to have them checked by a veterinarian, especially if they are having other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.

Certain medications

Certain medications can cause constipation as a side effect. If your puppy is taking medication and you notice that they are having difficulty pooping consult your veterinarian. They may be able to switch your puppy to a different medication that does not have this side effect.

Blockage in the intestines

One of the most common causes of constipation in puppies is a blockage in the intestines.  This can be caused by a number of things, including:

  1. Eating items that cause blockages
  2. Accumulation of hair in the intestines (known as intestinal fur balls)
  3. Parasites
  4. Infection
  5. Tumors

If you suspect that your puppy has eaten something that could be blocking the intestines, you should seek medical help as quickly as possible. There are many x-rays of random objects that dogs have eaten that block the intestines and need to be removed by a veterinarian.

Because puppies are so small and may not have learned what is food and what is not, they are especially at risk for intestinal blockages if they eat something they are not supposed to. So if your puppy isn’t pooping and you are missing a small object from your living room, make sure you get your puppy checked out.

If your puppy is pooping more or less frequently than usual, it is best to consult your veterinarian.

How do I stop my puppy from eating poop?

One of the most common questions new puppy owners ask is how to stop their puppy from eating poop. There are a few things you can do to discourage this behavior.

First, make sure your puppy has plenty of access to fresh water and high-quality food. Puppies who are not getting enough nutrients or hydration may be more likely to eat poop as a way to supplement their diet.

Second, keep your puppy’s living area clean. This includes picking up his or her waste regularly and keeping the area free of garbage and other debris that might tempt your pup to snack on poop.

Third, be consistent with your commands. When you catch your puppy eating poop, say “No!” in a firm voice and immediately take him or her to the bathroom. Reward your puppy with praise and a treat when he or she eliminates outdoors.

Fourth, consult your veterinarian if you are concerned about your puppy’s diet or if the behavior persists. There may be an underlying medical issue causing your pup to eat poop.

Home remedies to prevent poop eating

There are several home remedies that you can try to get your puppy to stop eating poop.

  1. One is to add a little bit of pineapple, pumpkin, or parsley to your puppy’s food. These ingredients are believed to make the poop taste bad.
  2. Another is to put a squirt of hot sauce or Tabasco sauce on the poop.
  3. You can also try putting some vinegar or lemon juice on the poop.
  4. Another option is to spray your puppy’s food with a taste deterrent, such as bitter apple or lemon juice.
  5. Finally, you can pick up your puppy’s poop immediately after he or she goes to the bathroom and dispose of it in the trash can. This will help reduce the temptation for your pup to eat it later

These home remedies and others have been used successfully to discourage puppies and adult dogs from eating poop. If you have any other great ideas for discouraging poop eating in puppies, let us know so we can add them to the list!

What to do if my puppy won’t poop outside?

Training a puppy to use the bathroom outside is not an easy task.  It can take weeks or even months for some puppies to get the hang of it. If your puppy is having trouble getting the hang of going potty outside, there are a few things you can do to help encourage them.

One thing to keep in mind is that puppies typically need to go potty after they eat and drink, so be sure to take them outside frequently. Taking them outside within a half-hour of mealtime can teach them that this is when they should go to the bathroom.

Another thing to keep in mind is that puppies typically poop about three to five times a day. If your puppy isn’t pooping outside, you may need to take them outside more frequently. If your puppy is pooping inside, you may need to limit their food intake slightly until they get the hang of using the bathroom outside.

You may also want to designate a specific spot in your yard for your puppy to go potty. If your puppy does happen to go potty inside, be sure to clean it up with an enzyme cleaner specifically designed to remove pet waste so the scent doesn’t attract them back to that spot.

If all else fails, you may have to bring your puppy inside until they are fully potty trained. Using puppy pads inside can be a good way to help your puppy learn to use the bathroom on command.

Potty training a puppy can be a frustrating process, but with patience and perseverance, your puppy will eventually learn where to go.


Whether you just adopted a new puppy or have had one for a while, understanding how to potty train them can seem like an impossible task. Luckily, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide that walks through all the steps in detail. It will help teach your pup where to go when they need to poop and save you both from living with smelly surprises.